Join Arianna Huffington for an in-depth discussion in this video Dave Gilboa on valuing your time, part of Arianna Huffington's Thrive 03: Setting Priorities and Letting Go.
- So the next layer to everything we've done so far in lesson three is to help our students find time. And I've found that when I learn to consciously focus on my breath during the day, it helps me be more present in my life and optimize my time during the day. Have you had any experience with using your breath in that way? - Yes, I just started meditating and I found it a very useful practice to really center me if I do it first thing in the morning and then even if I'm having a stressful day, taking anywhere from 10-20 minutes to focus on my breath and getting in tune with my body and surroundings and really those frustrations seem to float away and I can be much more present again.
- So even in the middle of a meeting or in the middle of a day, if something stresses me, I can just focus on my breath for 10 seconds, and it has this incredibly centering effect, and it reconnects me with myself and my own peace. So Dave, the next assignment is something that you and I have already worked on, and that's the pie chart that we've created about our priorities. So would you like to walk us through yours and I'll do the same with mine? - Sure, I think this was a great exercise to go through, and I spend a lot of time thinking about priorities, but I haven't really categorized how I spend my time.
Typically there's this concept of work life balance, which for me it feels more like work life integration, where it's kind of one continuous process between work, health, learning, and then personal relationships. And so I tried to color code what a typical day might look like and used yesterday as an example. So I got five and a half hours of sleep, which I would like to get to more of. I meditated and went to the gym, so that's health, both physical and mental.
While I was at the gym, I listened to an audiobook and so kind of got some of that learning while I was doing that. And then went to work, had a full day of meetings, then met a friend that is also a business contact for dinner, so that was kind of intermingling of personal relationships and work. Had an hour to decompress, and then got back on email and caught up with work before falling asleep.
So I think it was useful for me to kind of map this out. I think if I had to make a change here, I would want to focus some more time on learning and personal development and probably figure out how to make my work time even more efficient. - Great, so my pie chart, I believe that my day starts the night before.
Because if I get eight hours of sleep, which is now my goal, my whole day is transformed and infinitely more effective. So let me start with my sleep. Last night, I did get my eight hours' sleep, then when I wake up, my own mask is meditating, doing my stationary bike which I have in my room, while watching the news, so getting caught up on what's happening, and doing my ten minutes of yoga poses, which I'm getting better at doing but I don't do every day, which is my goal, and then going to the office and having meetings, and my priority right now is international expansion, so working on that as well as everything else that's in front of me at the office.
And then spending some time with my thrive tribe. And spending a little time with them is just something that nourishes me. And then finally, the transition time from my day to sleep. Like I stop doing emails or doing anything work related or that involves devices an hour before I go to sleep. And then I have a very hot bath with epsom salts, and it feels as though I'm letting the day go.
So becoming present with the fact that that day's done, and I get into bed, and I read real books that have nothing to do with work and go to sleep. So that's my pie chart. Would you like our two pie charts to say hi to each other? [Laughing] - I think mine's jealous of yours. [Laughing] - You're a lot younger.
- Evaluating and identifying priorities
- Focusing on your breath
- Prioritizing your goals
- Valuing your time
- Evaluating your relationships
- Tracking sleep and movement
- Considering keystone habits